What are the key cost factors in installation of cycle parking?
We often receive phone calls from potential clients asking for estimates or ‘ball-park’ figures on installation costs. Below is a list of factors which we consider when providing a price for installation. The list is in order of importance and the amount it will impact the cost:
- The quantity of cycle spaces clearly has the greatest impact on the cost as this factor determines how many days the installation will take, and the team size required. The minimum allowance of time is a half day rate so this would still apply even if for example a single Sheffield stand was required. Typically, we install between 40-60 bike spaces per day.
- The location of the installation will affect carriage costs as most of our goods are sent on dedicated transport. We have installers all over the UK, but in some rare cases we many factor in overnight accommodation into our costs. Installations in Scotland, Ireland and Europe will likely incur overnight charges and additional travel costs but in every case, we look for the most cost-effective solution for the client.
- The type of rack will also determine the time required for installation. For example, our Two-Tier racks require more lifting and time to install than our vertical systems.
- The logistic implications also affect the cost. For example, if the site requires FORS Bronze. Silver or Gold transport then this will affect the cost. In most cases, most goods can be hand boarded off the transport, but in some cases a forklift is essential. If a forklift or crane is not available for offloading, then this is another area of cost which we factor into our installation costs.
- For larger projects, we normally carry out a survey to determine an accurate install cost. This helps us to forecast the amount of time required to get the goods to the precise install location. Where we can offload very close to the install location then this saves us time. In other scenarios, we can spend most of a day, bringing the goods from the offload location to the point of installation. This adversely affects the install costs.
- The fixing type required affects the costs especially where excavation may be required. Nearly all of our installations are surface mounted, and we can use an anchor fixing to secure the product, but where excavation and concreting are required, this will affect cost.
- Most of our clients are construction clients, but non construction projects incur less cost as there is no need to attend the client’s induction and. In some cases, we need attend an induction the day before installation can commence. This is a cost that we pass on to construction clients.
- We do keep a record of clients that make our lives easier! Aspects such as being prepared for our installation by clearing the area and paying on-time all create less admin for ourselves. We reward these clients by charging lower rates.